ASISC Annual Conference in Mysore
Around 500 principals and teacher-delegates are attending a three-day annual conference of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ASISC) from December 3 here at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel.
The focus of the
46th annual conference is to discuss the continuously evolving process
of teaching and
education and the importance of keeping pace with
technological advancement, fast changing social and
cultural milieu and explosive growth and availability
of alternate, but effective, sources of information
and knowledge, said Mrs. S. Bolar, Secretary, ASISC,
Briefing the media on the programmes and the theme of the conference, she said, it is time to appreciate and recognize the vast potential and contribution of information technology to the field of education and teaching and make learning and teaching an enjoyable experience. We are currently reviewing formal classroom teaching in an attempt to supplement it with innovative teaching methods. Hence, the theme of the conference will be “Emerging trends in teacher education.”
Over 1,300 ASISC
schools were functioning in India, including around 100 in Karnataka
State. The ASISC had
a membership of about 700 schools. Textbooks are not
prescribed and examinations are not conducted upto 9th
standard and they are introduced only at 9th and 10th
standard levels, she said and added performance-wise
the ASISC schools registered a pass percentage of 65,
Dr (Mrs) Vineet Kamran,
President, ASISC, said today’s
mantra is ‘quality education’, which aims at training
both the head as well as the heart. Education that
builds fundamental traits of character, spirit,
teamwork, unity, honesty, compassion, courage and
positive temperament is absolutely essential. Schools
should reorient themselves not only in the sphere of
imparting formal education but also in shaping the
attitudes and personalities of their students. This
shall empower the students to become conscious and
actively contribute to building a new world order.
Quality education after all is not a matter of chance
During its three-day deliberations, the conference plans to cover a wide spectrum of initiatives and innovations through interactive sessions. The ASISC plays an important and meaningful role in bringing about quality improvement. It provides a common platform for exchange of ideals, views and sharing experiences. It also helps in establishing networking with the schools spread across the country for the development and growth of the students as total quality citizens, she added.
Prof. C.D.Narasimhaiah, Director, Dhvanyaloka, will inaugurate the conference. There will be a keynote address on “Emerging trends in teacher education” by Dr. (Mrs.) Lalithamma, former Dean, Post-graduate Department of Education, University of Mysore. Papers will be presented by Mr. Varkey Valiadeth, Jyothi English Medium School, Chintamani, on “A new look at our old system”, Dr. Mala Mehra, Hoerner College, Lucknow, on “Of principals, perfection, pedagogy and practices”, and group activity – “Teacher empowerment” with an introduction of resource persons by Mr. Amitabh Mohan, H.R.Consultant, Kolkata.
the second day (December 4), an open house is scheduled wherein various
schools, including difficulties relating to
examination, curriculum, etc. will be discussed. This
will be followed by a panel discussion on the
conference theme. It will be attended by Prof.
Shashidhar Prasad, Vice-Chancellor, University of
Mysore, Prof. Seshadri, Educationist and Consultant to
the UN, and Prof. P.Venkataramaiah, Chairman, Southern
Region, NCTE. On the third and concluding day, the
ASISCannual general body will take place,
member-principals taking part.